Police and firefighting officials said that a man found dead in a fire this morning in Calumet Heights appeared to have died from other causes.
Someone found the man unresponsive in the bedroom before a fire broke out there at around 7:39 a.m. at 2800 East 93rd Street, according to Chicago police spokesman Cary James.
Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford was taken to Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
James said it was not immediately clear how the 48-year-old died, or how the subsequent flames – which were contained in the bedroom – began.
Police and fire officials said he appeared to have died by other means.
“We cannot conclude that fire was the cause of death,” Langford said.
Langford said the victim was cremated, but “indications that emerged at the scene … will give credence to the fact that he is indeed dead.”
Langford said firefighters who responded to the fire found the victim’s brother in the front porch. His brother was allegedly still inside.
James said police are investigating the death and are awaiting autopsy results.
She added that no one was in custody or being questioned by the police.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office scheduled an autopsy to determine the cause and method of death.